Land Supply Research
“The rich have a thousand hectares of land while the poor have no place to stand.”
Land development remains a controversial topic in society. This controversy is partly attributable to the closed and biased information provided by the government on land development. Without such information, Hong Kong lacks the prerequisite for an informed discussion on future development. Therefore, we published “Myth and Reality: Land Problem in Hong Kong” in 2013 to reveal that the land demand estimates made by the government are only an excuse for them to rationalise their preferred methods of land development. In the booklet, we provided data that reflects the real situation in order to help the public understand the current situation and discuss the topic in a more informed way.
In 2018, the government conducted a public consultation on land supply options. This triggered a heated debate on land supply and demand in the community. Through the publication of a number of research and consultation booklets, we pointed out that the official land demand estimates and information on various land supply options are biased. We also widened the scope of discussion on the development model and land allocation issues.
However, the 2018 Policy Address proposed the Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, which involves the creation of artificial islands with a total area of about 1,700 hectares through massive reclamation. This was announced despite public opposition and disregards the result of the public consultation conducted earlier in the year. The estimated cost of the project is huge, and may drain away most of Hong Kong’s financial reserves. Furthermore, the land created in this project far exceeds the population and land demand projections. We are going to closely monitor the problems of the project, review the current state of land resources in Hong Kong, investigate land systems and development history, and propose alternatives to move Hong Kong towards a more open, just and sustainable land development model.
Smashed the myth that “Hong Kong has a huge population on very scarce land”, and confirmed that the land problem in Hong Kong is caused by uneven distribution instead of inadequate supply
Discovered that there are over 1,000 hectares of brownfield sites and underused portions of government land in Hong Kong. These serve as strong supporting evidence in arguments against reclamation
Published and distributed over 10,000 Your Real Choice: Honest Consultation on Land Supply booklets to provide accurate land information to the community
Past Research Output
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Future Research Target
Conduct comprehensive research on the hidden government land, brownfields, privileged land, abandoned land, land for small house development, and leased land to examine the current state, and the impact of the “public-private partnership” development models
Build up an open land database to break the monopoly of land information enjoyed by the government
Continue to monitor the development process and financial feasibility of infrastructure projects, as well as possible benefit transfers and the impact on the layout of Hong Kong and China of the Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposal
Investigate land development priorities, comparing which types of land should be developed first and which should be retained
Organize historical archives to figure out the root of the land problem and directions of reform